Here are 3 trendy and wearable ways to wear braids, the hottest hair trend of the summer
In a twist
Don't get us wrong—we love a good vanilla braid. Plaiting your hair back in one or two sections is an easy way to keep layers in check, a cute way to keep your hair out of your face, and a definitive step up from a vanilla ponytail. That said, as braids (along with their many iterations) have come into the spotlight lately, we have found ourselves looking for ways to reinvent the metaphorical wheel.
As it turns out, we didn't have to do very much. Our favourite celebs and public figures (along with their hairstylists) have done the heavy lifting for us. Ahead, find three cute and trendy ways to wear a braid this summer.
PSST: You don't have to be a plaiting pro to achieve a lot of these styles (though there are a few slightly more challenging looks for those that are).
Look #1: The braided money pieces
We can't talk about this trend without acknowledging the look's pioneer, Sharon Tate, and her on-screen counterpart Margot Robbie, can we? The Australian actress paid homage to the '60s icon by sporting this iconic hairdo on the 2019 Cannes red carpet. It's simple, expertly undone, and easy to recreate—a win!
Behold, proof that this look also works with shorter layers—you just need the confidence to pull it off! The younger Hadid sister may be sporting a Hime cut these days, but before her big chop, she was one of the first to revisit this Y2K trend.
The elder Hadid sister takes on the trend with a bubbly spin—if you're bored of your bog-standard braids, try this fun, hair elastic-heavy look on for size instead!
Look #2: The Braided Ponytail
Alright, we're taking a dip into the MTV archives for this one (2009, to be exact)—after all, trends come in cycles, don't they? If you can look past the awful earings, the too-light foundation, and the terrible cut-out satin bolero (oh how far the cut-out trend has come), you might notice the absolutely banging hairdo JLo is sporting in this shot. While you could certainly plait the entire length of your hair into a pony braid, why not stop a little short and flaunt your lengths in this subversive 'do?
Better yet, follow in Dua Lipa's steps and put a spin on the braided pony trend by splitting it into four. Pros: It's easy to replicate. Cons: You'll either need a thick mop or a set of extensions on hand to get the same amount of volume! Fret not, though—there is a workaround for the finer-haired...
A pre-buzzcut Iris Law sported Dua Lipa's braided pony trend with a twist! Perfect for those with finer hair, this twisted multi-plait look is easy to recreate and super fun to sport—just make sure that you're pulling tight as you plait your hair to get those cute braids looking really crooked.
Look #3: The Olympian Pony
If you're looking for a more advanced braid style that is built to withstand all terrains, look to Olympic sport climbing bronze medalist Akiyo Noguchi for inspo. The athlete kept her hair off of her face with five tight braids pulled back into a full ponytail. Our favourite little detail? The ribbons that have been woven throughout the braids—a gorgeous detail and a beautiful homage to the Japanese flag. You don't have to be a world-class athlete to sport the look, though; if you have the skillset to pull it off, it's perfect for any brunch-to-gym occasions (that is, of course, if this pandemic ever ends).
Noguchi wasn't the only Olympian to serve major braid inspo—her fellow teammate and sport climbing silver medalist Miho Nonaka took to the global stage with a similar hairdo that is, thankfully, easier to achieve. All you have to do is section your hair exactly as you would for the money pieces. Then, braid each section backwards towards the crown of your hair (or dutch braid it, if you're an advanced DIY hairstylist) so that you can then incorporate the rest of your hair into a ponytail.
For more hair stories like this, click here.